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“Fight fiercely,” Mr. Brady, 70, told the audience.

The gunman, John Hinckley Jr., tried to kill Reagan and shot Mr. Brady in the head during the attack outside a Washington hotel.

Hinckley, who said he was trying to impress actress Jodie Foster, also wounded a Secret Service agent and a District of Columbia police officer. Hinckley was declared mentally incompetent and consigned to a Washington mental institution where he remains today, with family visiting rights.

Asked what he remembers about that day, Mr. Brady said, “Not being the same person that I was. I used to be a track runner. No more. But I am not going to run away from this.”